CRUISE LOCATION – The route or loop is on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile Road north of Metropolitan Parkway to Wellington Crescent and back, through beautiful Clinton Township. Follow the signs and you will be just fine.
CRUISE TIME – Since 2003 the cruise has always been the first Sunday in August. This year it will be Sunday, August 4, 2013.
PUBLIC WELCOME – This is a FREE public event for residents, friends, family and out-of-towners with or without classic vehicles. You may find a spot to drop a blanket or have lawn chairs for watching, park your classic in a business parking lot or at Cruise Headquarters as part of the Car Show, or join one of the many business events to start your day while mingling up and down Gratiot on foot to see all the sites.
CRUISE RULES – Have fun!!! When cruising please stay in the outside lanes. Be cautious of others and be safe. Be ready for any trouble with engines. Watch for brake lights not working and be ready.
CRUISE WEBSITE – The official Cruise Website – www.ctgratiotcruise.com Check it out today – see photos, download a Car Show registration form or contact the committee.
GRAND MARSHAL – This year’s Grand Marshal is being determined right now. We have a person in mind but we will take any suggestions. Send us a shout out if you have someone to recommend.
CAR SHOW – Cruise Headquarters has a public Car Show for $15 pre-registered and $20 on cruise day. Car Show parking opens at 8 a.m. cruise day and closes at 6 p.m. Preregistration is available online – www.ctgratiotcruise.com. Or contact Tracey Moro - 586-212-1673. There will also be Car Shows throughout Clinton Township all week prior to the cruise. Watch for more details!
CRUISE MERCHANDISE – EA Graphics will have several large booths set up along the cruise selling cruise merchandise – including the new 2013 cruise t-shirt.
CRUISE PARADE – Each year the parade is the highlight of the cruise and starts the day out at noon. The parade begins with our Grand Marshal and the Clinton Township Fire Department and Police along with neighboring officers. Sponsors may bring a vehicle and join in and there may be a few dignitaries. Members of the Cruise Car Show follow along and the public can join in at the end. Then the fun begins! The parade will start from just south of Cruise Headquarters, loop around and come back to Cruise headquarters.
CRUISE PEDAL CARS – Bring your pedal car to Cruise Headquarters to be part of the pedal car cruise or to park it for the day. We make it a point to include pedal cars. The Pedal Car Cruise is part of the Kids Zone at McLaren Cruise Headquarters and begins the parade events so be at Cruise Headquarters early (10:30 a.m.) to find your car. Or better to bring your own so you know you will be part of the fun.
CRUISE HEADQUARTERS - The hub for each cruise, known as Cruise Headquarters, will be in the McLaren Macomb parking lot on the southeast corner of Gratiot and Metropolitan Parkway. There will be WCSX broadcasting live from the corner along with the Kids Zone at McLaren Cruise Headquarters and our stage with live entertainment. The Cruise Car Show will have parking and judging for classic vehicles.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT– Many local bands will be performing all day up and down the Gratiot corridor from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PRE CRUISE CAR SHOWS/PASSPORT - This year we will have PRE-CRUISE car shows throughout the week before the Cruise. Watch for more information on where these car shows will be throughout Clinton Township.
CRUISE SPONSORS – Sponsors are just the best!! Several businesses in Clinton Township have decided to donate and become a Cruise Sponsor. Sponsorships cover the cost for all you see all day long, along with the pre-planning - including promotions, entertainment, children’s activities, merchandise, prizes, etc. You can see sponsors listed on the cruise website – www.ctgratiotcruise.com and many will have official 2013 Sponsor posters posted in their businesses. Say thanks to a sponsor.
DORIAN FORD MIDWAY - Located at Lowe’s Parking lot north of 15 Mile on Gratiot Avenue. Dorian Ford supports their community like no other. The generosity of their sponsorship is allowing for the Gratiot Cruise to create a second main hub area. Watch for more details coming soon.
KIDS ZONE AT MCLAREN CRUISE HEADQUARTERS - The Kids Zone at McLaren Cruise Headquarters will be bigger and better than ever. Watch for more details on the pedal car cruise and fun kid activities.
CRUISE ACCOMMODATIONS - If you're traveling from out of town to enjoy Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise festivities you may want to consider staying overnight. We recommend two Clinton Township hotels in the local area - on Gratiot of course. The Concorde Inn is located on Gratiot just south of Hall Road. You may want to mention the cruise for special rates call 586.493.7300. There's also the Hampton Inn right on Gratiot in the heart of the cruise strip south of 15 Mile. You don't even have to be from out of town - you could just stay there to have a front row seat! Special cruise rates apply call 586.791.1300.
Contact Tracey Moro 586-212-1673 for more information.